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Clay Jewelry and Artwork

Here are a few of the things I've made with polymer clay.

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This is a large quartz crystal point, which I have set in clay. I molded the clay around the crystal then carved a feather shape around it.

Mayan Calendar Plaque with gemstones

This is a Mayan Calendar wall plaque. First I created a thick round base, then I carved out the glyphs and embedded various gemstones for each time period. The sun rays at the center reach out and touch each gemstone. I chose the gemstones for each glyph based on what I had available to me and matched them up with what I knew about the meaning of each glypyh and its characteristics. So this is not exact science but my artistic expression of it.

Sephiroth plaque with glass cabochons

This is a small wall plaque with my rendition of the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah. I started with plain white clay, embedded colored glass cabochons and carved out the symbols based on pictures I have seen. Finally I antiqued it with a wash of brown acrylic to make it look like an ancient clay tablet.

mirror back with glass cabochon in sun on egyptian background made with Sculpey Premo Clay on compact mirror

This is the back side of a round mirror that I removed from an old compact of Maybelline face powder. It has an amber glass cabochon in sun rays over an Egyptian hieroglyph background.

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Beads made with Sculpey Premo clay

Clay beads made by molding the clay around a thick nail. I started with white clay, and antiqued them with a brown acrylic wash.

sodalite in white clay before finishing

This pendant example shows the bare white clay before and after finishing. After curing the clay I painted it with alcohol inks and acrylic paint and gave it a final bake to set the paint. This one is holding a Sodalite gemstone.

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prehnite gemstone in Sculpey Premo clay

This pendant contains a Prehnite gemstone set in brown clay, and embellished with other pre-colored clay in greens and browns.

 

quartz crystal point in black clay with silver finish

This is a quartz crystal point set in black clay, and finsihed with Rub 'n Buff Metallic Silver Leaf. This is an example of reverse-antiquing; the color is on the raised portions of the clay and recessed areas remain black, resulting in an oxidized silver look.

turquoise in brown Sculpey Premo clay

This pendant was made using multiple shades of brown clay. A turquoise cabochon is inset in the center.

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This is a Labradorite cabochon set in brown clay which was shaped, carved and finally antiqued in a black acrylic wash.

white and colored Sculpey Premo clay

This piece started with a white clay base and I added decorative elements that I made from precolored clay.

It is my rendition of the sea floor; with little barnacles and shells and other sea creatures.

There is a tiny quartz crystal point cluster embedded in the center.

Turquoise in Sculpey Premo clay

These pendants were made by setting Turquoise stones in white clay then finishing with a brown antique wash.

Rings and earrings made with black Sculpey Premo clay with gold finish

These are finger rings and earrings made from black clay. After forming and carving the design and curing, I added a gold acrylic wash which settles into the recessed areas of the design.

Rainbow aura quartz and New Zealand paua shell pendant set in Sculpey Premo copper clay

This is a  Quartz Crystal point with New Zealand Paua shell in copper clay.

 

"Copper clay" gets its look from pigment dyes and mica powder; it does not contain any copper metal in it.

Quartz crystal set in white clay finished with light brown antiquing

Quartz crystal in white Sculpey Premo clay
Labradorite cabochon in Sculpey Premo clay

Labradorite in white clay finished with brown antiquing

Yellow Jasper set in copper clay

Yellow Jasper cabochon in Sculpey Premo copper clay
Sun Moon medallion made with Sculpey Premo clay

Black clay with gold and silver acrylic paint

Amazonite in brown clay with black wash

Amazonite gemstone set in Sculpey Premo clay
Amber glass with foil back set in Sculpey Premo clay

This is an amber glass cabochon set in black clay

Rooster Tail Agate from Durango Mexico, set in brown clay with black antique wash

Rooster Tail Agate from Durango Mexico in Sculpey Premo clay

Critter holding quartz crystal, with matching clay necklace clasp

Prehnite tusk, sodalite, amythyst and lapis lazuli in Sculpey Premo clay
Prehnite tusk, sodalite, amythyst and lapis lazuli in Sculpey Premo clay

Prehnite tusk  with sodalite, amythyst and lapis lazuli inset in clay, front and back side

Lapis lazuli inset over quartz point in Sculpey Premo clay with sodalite beads

Quartz crystal point with Lapis Lazuli inset, necklace finished weith matching clay beads with Lapis and Sodalite stone spacer beads

Quartz point with labradorite inset in Sculpey Premo clay, with amazonite and jasper beads

Quartz crystal point with Labradorite inset in clay, with silver, Amazonite and Jasper heishi beads

Petrified palm tree cabochon in Sculpey Premo clay

Petrified Palm stone cabochon set in brown clay

Wonderstone Jasper set in copper clay

Wonderstone jasper in Sculpey Premo copper clay
Turquoise stones in Sculpey Premo clay

Turquoise  set in white clay with brown antiquing

Plume Agate with dendrites in Sculpey Premo clay

Plume Agate with dendrites in antiqued white clay base with brown clay flowers and leaves

Sea floor series 2 of 10

Sea Floor series with embedded seashells and crystals. The "barnacles" were molded with clay.

Reversible Tree series. I made some with a night time scene on one side and daylight on the other; some were winter on one side with spring or summer on the reverse side.

Reversible tree pendant in Sculpey Premo clay with handmade clasp
Turquoise turtle in Sculpey Premo copper clay with carnelian and turquoise beads

Turquoise turtle set in copper clay, with carnelian and turquoise beaded necklace.

Blue glass cabochon in black clay finished with metallic mica powder

Blue glass cabochon in Sculpey Premo clay with mica powder
Amber glass cabochon in Sculpey Premo clay

Amber glass cabochon in brown clay

Petrified Palm Tree cabochon from Wyoming, set in copper clay

Petrified Palm from Wyoming in Sculpey Premo copper clay
Ameican seashell and New Zealand paua shell in Sculpey Premo copper clay

American seashell and New Zealand Paua shell in copper clay

Prehnite tusk in brown clay with Jade inset

Prehnite tusk and jade cabochon in Sculpey Premo clay
Resin cab in Sculpey Premo clay with mica powder

Cabochon made with mica flakes in Resin, set in black clay finished with mica powder

This is a piece of black clay that I formed into a bezel (a pendant tray) and filled it with wristwatch parts, a little fuse and other mini doodads and what nots for a steampunk look. I covered them with resin to hold them in place so it resembles a funky piece of glass.

Watch gears and doodads in resin in Sculpey Premo clay
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